This is one module in a series of modules presented by the a group of APTA sections: Academy of Acute Care Management, Cardiovascular Section and the HPA. This series is free to the profession. Please check back often as we create and add modules.

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This webinar will present clinical practice considerations such as assessing lab values and imaging results, differentiating ventilator versus non-ventilator patients, considerations for ECMO, positioning to optimize ventilation/perfusion patterns, and determining if there are any airway clearance needs (hint: most commonly not). Presenters will also discuss trends in the role of PT with these clients across the country and highlight potential best practices. Attendees will be able to submit questions and offer comments.

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Meet our Presenters

Angela Campbell, PT, DPT Angela Campbell received ABPTS Board Certification as a Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Clinical Specialist in 2001 (re-credentialled, 2011). Dr. Campbell, APTA member since 1993, is the current President of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary (CVP) Section. She is an ABPTS Clinical Content Expert, mentoring/writing for the specialist exam and contributor to the recently revised CVP Description of Specialty Practice. Dr. Campbell is a manuscript reviewer for Physiotherapy Theory and Practice and the Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal. Dr. Campbell has been the Advocacy/Legislative Chair, Federal Affairs Liaison, and Nominating Committee Chair for the CVP Section. She has been a member of the APTA Credentialing Committee of the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency & Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE). She has presented nationally at various conferences. Clinically, Dr. Campbell has worked at multiple academic medical centers, in both inpatient and outpatient capacities. She coordinated an outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation program and served on cystic fibrosis and lung transplant care teams.

Heidi Joyce Engel, PT, DPT University of California San Francisco clinical specialist and instructor Heidi Engel has been a physical therapist for 33 years, and works at University of California San Francisco Medical Center. She earned her DPT from Boston University in 2007, and currently teaches at UCSF, conducts research in ICU Rehabilitation, has given over 75 presentations outside of UCSF, and is an author on 11 peer reviewed publications. Dr Engel has worked in the ICU at UCSF since October 2008, and in her career has worked in every Acute care PT service, as well as outpatients and home health settings. She received the UCSF Outstanding Colleague of Nursing Award in 2012, a Presidential Citation from the Society of Critical Care Medicine in 2013, and the American Physical Therapy Association Jack Walker Award for Research Excellence in 2014. Current projects include being a core member for an APTA sponsored clinical practice guideline for Physical Therapy in the ICU, working on the planning committee for the American Delirium Society, and serving as an appointed Committee member for the Society of Critical Care Medicine ICU Liberation Campaign.

Ellen A. Hillegass, PT, PhD, FAPTA Dr. Ellen Hillegass is a physical therapist with APTA board certification in cardiovascular and pulmonary clinical specialty. She currently holds position of Adjunct Professor at Mercer University in Atlanta in the Department of Physical Therapy, and at Western Carolina, NC. Ellen is also the President and CEO of Cardiopulmonary Specialists, a private consulting firm that provides consulting and education on cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. She also presents courses across the country on Early mobility. She has been active in the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section for many years and is the former Payment and Policy Chair for the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section. She has represented the cardiovascular and pulmonary issues of physical therapists at the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services along with the APTA on several occasions. She is a member of the NQF Cardiovascular Measures Standing Committee which votes on Quality Measures in Cardiovascular Disease. She also started a Clinical Residency in Cardiopulmonary through Mercer University in conjunction with Piedmont Hospital and works with the residents in the ICUs weekly. Her first resident was recently awarded CCS this past February at APTA CSM meeting in San Antonio, where 2 former residents presented their research as well (one on walking IABP and one with a poster on early mobility.

Christiane Perme, PT Christiane Perme, PT CCS FCCM is the owner of Perme ICU Rehab Seminars and a Rehab Education Specialist at Houston Methodist Hospital, where she has practiced for the past 33 years. She is Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine, the first physical therapist in the world to receive such recognition. In addition, she is a Board Certified Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Clinical Specialist. Mrs. Perme has extensive experience in early mobility in ICU, with special interest in patients on mechanical ventilation. She has published 19 articles and is co-author in 9 book chapters. Mrs. Perme is a world-renowned speaker with and has presented hundreds of courses and lectures including the United States, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Germany, Denmark, Russia, Brazil, Nigeria, Netherlands, Canada, and Spain.

Stephen Cameron Ramsey, PT, DPT Stephen Ramsey is a Physical therapist who graduated from Augusta University in 2014. He then completed the Cardiovascular and pulmonary Residency program through Mercer University in July 2016 and achieved board certification in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical therapy in 2017. He is a mentor and research advisor for current CVP residents. His personal research focus involves clinical trials ambulating critically ill cardiac patients with femoral IABPs and ECMO as well as the use of diagnostic ultrasound in physical therapy clinical practice. He currently practices full time in the cardiac ICUs at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. Stephen also acts as adjunct faculty in the DPT programs at Mercer University and Western Carolina University and assists in teaching diagnostic ultrasound in the Department of Physician Assistant studies at Mercer University. He is the current Advocacy Chair for the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary section.

NOTE: We do NOT apply for CEU approval for Geriatrics webinars, however your state licensure may allow credits for this education activity. We do provide a certificate of attendance, which can be downloaded below. You will need to contact the agency or organization in your state, which handles your professional licensure, in order to determine whether credit is available for webinars, and without applications for approval.There is no survey to be completed for this webinar.Download the Certificate of Attendance.

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Enrollment:Prior to  12/30/2021